Letters of Recommendation | Veteran Voices

Letters of Recommendation | Veteran Voices


A lot of institutions–
mostly, they will ask for academic
letters of recommendation. Whereas if you’re going
to school part-time, one or two classes a semester, that
doesn’t give you a lot of time to build rapport with a teacher
or professor, in which they would give you a
substantial letter, really vouching for you. That was a little difficult. But thankfully,
because I foresaw that or I noticed
that in the process, I chose schools that
were not just lenient, but encouraged other
types of letters. So I could use my
chain of command to vouch for me
in those letters– who knew me the most,
who could write well, and who had I impressed? I made sure that I
gave them enough time to write the letter. You have to work on
their schedule as well. I assisted in any way possible. I remember, I Googled the
manners and courtesies of writing and requesting
letters of recommendation. I remember I sent a
pre-stamped envelope and pre-addressed it, and just
mailed it off to the people that I requested
the letters from, so to just make it as
easy as possible for them. The final criteria
was definitely someone that I had faith
in, that could write and could articulate
themselves in such a way that a college would not
necessarily be in awe of me, but that they would
appreciate what was written.

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